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what means Pyithu Hluttaw

August 31, 2010

THE Pyithu Hluttaw is the lower house of the national parliament based in Nay Pyi Taw. Together with the Amyotha Hluttaw, or upper house, it makes up the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

The Pyithu Hluttaw will consist of 330 elected representatives, one from each township across the country. A further 110 seats are reserved for Defense Services personnel appointed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services.

The term of the Pyithu Hluttaw shall be five years from the day of the first session. Under Article 123 of the 2008 constitution, the first regular session shall be convened within 90 days of the general election. This year’s election will take place on November 7, so the first regular session must be convened by February 5. Subsequent sessions must be convened by an elected Speaker at least once a year.

The majority of bills, or law proposals, will be initiated in the Pyithu Hluttaw. Submitted bills will be discussed and resolved and then voted on. If more than half are in favour of the bill, it will be sent to the Amyotha Hluttaw where the same process will take place. If both houses pass the bill it will be sent to the President for promulgation, whereby it will come into force.

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QUESTION: And one more on Burma. Several Burmese generals have left, quit the army, and trying to join the civilian government. Do you think – which way Burma is going now? What’s the – is it moving towards a democracy, civilian government? Or just trying to –

MR. CROWLEY: Where to start? A dictator in civilian clothing is still a dictator. The fact that they are moving out of uniform but still constricting the political space within Burma is a problem for Burma. And we haven’t changed our view. Just taking the current political challenge and civilianizing it is not the answer.

Burma has to open up its political space, have a dialogue with the ethnic groups within Burma would allow for an effective and viable political opposition and have a real competition within civil society in Burma. Absent that kind of action, future elections, whether they involve military figures or civilian figures, will not be viewed as credible, free, or fair.
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